So my hubbie is out of town for a few nights. It's just a short trip- 3 days 2 nights. I deal with these trips so much easier than the week long or week+ trips that occasionally come up.
I don't sleep well when he's gone, I just don't. I've tried just about everything and even when I do get myself to sleep at a decent time, I wake up multiple times at night. I can take a sleeping pill, but I don't like to do that when I'm the only adult in the house with four kids... it just doesn't seem like a good combination.
In the past when hubbie has had trips I relax on a lot of house rules. I let the kids make messes, and don't make them clean it up. We eat comfort food that's quick and not the healthiest. We bake desserts, or go and buy ice cream.
This trip feels different though. I'm realizing that although I tell myself we clean up each day because it makes hubbie happy- in truth is makes me happy. My mind feels so much free'er and uncluttered, when the house is basically clean and picked up. (we aren't talking magazing cover clean... there are 4 kids and a dog that live here!) I feel so much better when I'm not eating a lot of comfort junk foods with the kids (I'll still let them have some- that's tradition!). I'm trying to stay busy with stuff to do in the house to keep my mind working- and I'm feeling less tired and cranky than I usually do at this stage of the trip.
I guess I'm growing up a little bit myself... took a while... maybe by the time I get to 40 I'll feel like I really should be the grown-up in charge that wants to make the grown up choices instead of just grudgingly admitting when I make them that they are the right ones... :)